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What hand tools do you recommend?

I'm looking to buy a set of good quality hand tools for my Sister for her 50th Birthday.  Has anyone got any favourite makes they could recommend or makes to stay away from?  I'd want them to be good quality so they will last for years but also look fab while not costing the earth as I'd like to buy a set rather than the odd one or two.image


  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,972

    You are a very generous sibling! 

    I don't know about sets, though maybe other people will disagree when I say that I like, for example, spades made by one company but not their forks and so on. Also, I like stainless steel for forks and spades but not for trowels and small hand tools. Don't know why.

    My absolutely favourite hand tool is a thing called a Ho-mi. It's a Korean thing. I got one from a company called Blackberry Lane (I think) in the West Country and they import them directly from Korea where they are hand made to order. Not expensive and they come with short or long handles. I am not connected to the company.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • kjdintownkjdintown Posts: 42

    Thank you for replying, I found it.  Never seen it or heard of it before but it looks really interesting and she will never have heard of it which makes it more fun.image

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,972


    I don't know why they aren't better known. The short handled ones are very good. I have never tried one with a long handle. And I bought the smaller of the two sizes as I'm a bit on the small size myself.

    The pointy end is wonderful for digging out things like dandelion roots, the cutting edge scythes through weed seedlings and the blade makes planting things in restricted spaces  or making seed drills in a flower bed much easier than a trowel.

    I like their hand made quality too.

    I'm sure your sister would like it very much.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Hester ScottHester Scott Posts: 181

    Recently saw a hoe with a stainless steel disc as a head only about 4or 5 ins diam.  Thought it great with very little resistance and great cutting.

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,697

    Take a look at 
    I replaced a lot of garden tools a couple of yrs ago and found the advice on his site very helpful. I got the Bulldog fork/spade set and they're excellent. The Wolf loppers are great and the deer-skin thorn-proof gloves are like an impenetrable second-skin. The felco secateurs are superb quality.

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  • kjdintownkjdintown Posts: 42

    Thank you all for replying, so nice to go for some different ideas rather than the usual garden centre range.  Verdun, I agree hands are a good gardening tool but not to sure she will be that impressed if I said she had hands so I didn't bother lol.  Hopefully, these tools will make gardening even more enjoyable than it is already....well, the results anyway imageimage

  • barry islandbarry island Posts: 1,570

    Wolf Garten quick change tools are well made and versatile, also Burgon and Ball tools are well made with a long guarantee.

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